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Cinema Guild Buys “Patience,” Doc about German Writer W.G. Sebald

Cinema Guild Buys "Patience," Doc about German Writer W.G. Sebald

The Cinema Guild has announced that it has acquired Grant Gee’s “Patience (After Sebald)” for US distribution.  The essay film, whose director made his marks making music docs about Radiohead and Joy Division, chronicles the work of German writer W.G. Sebald.

The film will open in New York at Film Forum in May 2012.

Full release follows below.


New York, NY —The Cinema Guild announced today the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to Grant Gee’s “Patience (After Sebald),” an exploration of the work and influence of writer W.G. Sebald, which premiered at the 2011 New York Film Festival. The deal was negotiated by Ryan Krivoshey of The Cinema Guild with Edward Fletcher of Soda Pictures International. The film will open in New York at Film Forum on May 9, 2012.
An investigation into the work and influence of German writer W.G. Sebald (1944 – 2001), “Patience (After Sebald)” is a multi-layered film essay on landscape, art, history, life and loss by the acclaimed documentary filmmaker Grant Gee (director of the Grammy nominated film on Radiohead, “Meeting People is Easy” and “Joy Division,” winner of the prestigious Grierson Award for Best Cinema Documentary.) Structured around a long walk through coastal East Anglia, the same walk undertaken by the narrator in “The Rings of Saturn,” the film includes interviews with writers Rick Moody, Adam Philips, Robert Macfarlane and Tacita Dean.
“I have been a fervent admirer of W.G. Sebald ever since I picked up a copy of his extraordinary book, ‘The Rings of Saturn,’ many years ago. Grant’s film is a wonderful appreciation of this vital writer and a real treat for lovers of literature everywhere,” commented Ryan Krivoshey. “We look forward to working with Grant and Soda Pictures, and are very excited to be releasing this film in the U.S.”
Edward Fletcher, Soda Pictures MD said “We’re thrilled to be working with Cinema Guild on the release of Grant Gee’s extraordinary film ‘Patience.’”
Soda Pictures is a London-based independent film distribution company established in 2002 by Eve Gabereau and Edward Fletcher, with a library of over 150 features and documentaries including such films as Fatih Akin’s Golden Bear winner Head-On, Susanne Bier’s Oscar® nominated After the Wedding, Laurent Cantet’s Heading South, Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro, and Chanel biopic Coco & Igor. Some of their releases this year include Howl, Norwegian Wood and Meek’s Cutoff. Upcoming they have Sundance sensation Black Power Mixtape, Joaquim Trier’s Oslo, August 31st, Nanni Moretti’s Cannes Competition selection We Have a Pope and Pete Doherty’s screen debut alongside Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lily Cole in Confession of a Child of the Century.
The Cinema Guild is a leading distributor of independent, foreign and documentary films. Previous releases include Steve James and Alex Kotlowitz’s “The Interrupters,” Matt Porterfield’s “Putty Hill” and Manoel de Oliveira’s “The Strange Case of Angelica.” Upcoming releases include Robbie Pickering’s “Natural Selection,” Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse,” Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia” and Hong Sangsoo’s “The Day He Arrives.”

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